On December 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., join us for our fourth Faculty Pub Night of the 2019-2020 season, featuring Andrew Dilts, Associate Professor of Political Science. Dilts will be joined by some of his co-editors, including:
They will discuss their recent co-edited publication with the Abolition Collective, Abolishing Carceral Society.
About the Co-Editors’ Work
Abolishing Carceral Society presents the bold voices and inspiring visions of today’s revolutionary abolitionist movements struggling against capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, ecological crisis, prisons, and borders. In the first of a series of publications, the Abolition Collective renews and boldly extends the tradition of “abolition-democracy” espoused by figures like W.E.B. Du Bois, Angela Davis, and Joel Olson. Through study and publishing, the Abolition Collective supports radical scholarly and activist research, recognizing that the most transformative scholarship is happening both in the movements themselves and in the communities with whom they organize. Abolishing Carceral Society features a range of creative styles and approaches from activists, artists, and scholars to create spaces for collective experimentation with the urgent questions of our time. Through essays, interviews, visual art, and poetry, each presented in an accessible manner, the work engages with the meaning, practices, and politics of abolitionism in a range of historical and geographical contexts, including: prison and police abolitionism, border abolition, decolonization, slavery abolitionism, antistatism, antiracism, labor organizing, anticapitalism, radical feminism, queer and trans politics, Indigenous people’s politics, sex worker organizing, migrant activism, social ecology, animal rights and liberation, and radical pedagogy.
About Andrew Dilts
Andrew Dilts is a political theorist who works in the traditions of critical theory and the history of political thought, focusing primarily on the relationships between race, sexuality, political membership, sovereignty, and punishment in the United States. Dilts is the author of Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism (Fordham University Press, 2014) which gives a theoretical and historical account of felon/criminal disenfranchisement as it has been practiced in the United States. Dilts is also co-editor (with Perry Zurn of American University) of Active Intolerance: Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (Palgrave, 2016).
Currently, Dilts is at work on two book projects, the first taking up how neoliberal theories of subjectivity, race, gender, and sexuality function in “human capital” theory (as developed by “Chicago-School” economists and critiqued by Michel Foucault). The second turns to radical queer, trans*, and women-of-color feminist thought and activism to acknowledge an existing critical response to the hegemonic status of the depoliticizing discourses of neoliberalism. Dilts is also a founding member of Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics and the Prison and Theory Working Group.
About Faculty Pub Night
Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2019-2020 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library.
For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.